Biden compares the death of Floyd and Martin Luther King
Presidential candidate Joe Biden compared the death of African American George Floyd to the murder of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.
He made the relevant statement during a roundtable discussion in Philadelphia.
“Even the murder of Dr. King did not have such a global impact as the death of George Floyd,” Biden said.
According to him, the widespread adoption of cell phones allows you to distribute frames with police brutality towards people of color in a matter of minutes, which was not possible in the last century.
Biden emphasized that the visual evidence presented in the video significantly influenced public opinion around the world about the brutality of law enforcement.
He also compared the proliferation of smartphones with the increase in the number of households that had a TV in the 60s, and how that changed the outlook on racial inequality and attitudes toward African Americans in America.
“The millions of cell phones that have changed the way people look at it,” Biden said.
Floyd’s death after being detained by white police officers provoked racial riots and robberies in American cities. Biden drew a parallel with the assassination of black civil rights leader Martin Luther King in 1968, since the riots that followed were comparable to the current situation.